Kelsey Grammer of "Cheers" and "Frasier" fame called Colonia, New Jersey, home, but you may still find this a great place to call home even if you never played a cranky psychiatrist on TV.
It's not New York City. It's not Jersey City, either. Colonia is a wonderful little gem in New Jersey that gives you all the access to beautiful fall colors and a laid-back pace of life compared to New York City -- to say nothing of getting a bigger space for your rent money -- but you're still close enough that you can jaunt off to the Big Apple for a day trip or work.
Moving to Colonia
As you begin looking for a house rental or apartment complex in Colonia, try listening to Bon Jovi and eating cherries as you research. It will make your mind super sharp, and make the process a breeze.
Stats for Renters
This city has a way higher percentage of homeowners compared to renters than average. That tells you it can't be too bad to live here if so many people want to put down long-term roots! If you plan to live in Colonia for many years, purchasing offers more selection and better return on investment. If you are unsure or don't want to purchase, renting is obviously best. Just be aware that city apartments aren't the trend in Colonia and more than 90% of the available housing stock is an actual house. Renting a house is easier than renting an apartment here. Apartments or condos, though, are available as communities like North Hills Apartments have one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent.
From Search to Signature
Open listings can sometimes be scarce, especially during late fall and winter. Give yourself 20 to 30 days, and look during spring and summer if possible. Don't take time to think it over if you like a place as there is often competition. Colonia is, after all, one of the most desirable spots to live in this region. One month's rent and a deposit must be paid. Be prepared for a lot of landlords to want to check up on you and verify that you're a good tenant, so be sure to provide rental references and information for a credit check. This will ensure the landlord trusts you and another renter won't snag the place first.
Think about priorities when you're looking for a neighborhood. Do you want something near public transit? Do you want something near a main road? Do you want something near a bar where you can sing the hits on karaoke all night?
Lynn Crest: This southwest area is mostly residential. It's near the Garden State Parkway.
Oak Ridge Heights: This northwest neighborhood is built around Inman Avenue and near Oak Ridge Park.
Claremont Avenue: Colonia Country Club, Muscle Maker Grill and Springwood Swim Club highlight the pleasant southeast area.
Pennsylvania Avenue: This northeast area is mostly houses but does have a few nice spots to eat, like Colonia Pizza.
Living in Colonia
This is a commuter-friendly city, which means there are lots of available modes of transit. Colonia has easy access to major highways, bus lines and the Woodbridge Train Station. When the city isn't in motion, that doesn't mean everything stops. Colonia residents enjoy their time off and have lots of places to do it. Chill at Merrill Park, grocery shop at Foodtown and go to New York City. Sing rock songs as you stroll down New Dover Road. Grab a cherry and take a bite. It's fresh, right? That's what life is all about in Colonia.